A meaningful encounter.
One evening, I organised a dinner party at my apartment. Bite-site foods were served on the motorcycle bar table. Tala bought her brother, Cristian, along. Cristian carried a bowl of salad with him. At first impression, he is soft-spoken and has an unusually calm demeanour. He speaks at a pace…
Recommend music: Virtue by Misc.Inc
The flowers unite us.
We unite the flowers.
The jackets unite us.
We unite the jackets.
The skirts unite us.
We unite the skirts.
Thank you for seeing the family in us.
Watch a film at 4x speed to understand our own humanity
Recommended music — Amar : Childhood by Armand Amar What happens if you speed up the video playback of a movie full of symbology and over the top human etiquette like The Great Gatsby? Not ordinary playing it at average speed, but at 4 times the speed. …
What we perceive as ugly or ordinary today could be perceived as beautiful and extraordinary in the future. We find mundane buildings dull because we see them too often. Too ordinary. And for that, we exaggerate the dullness of the building. Just as people in the 18th century live around buildings that they consider familiar, but became extraordinary in our time. What does it mean to look at…
Meeting Jim and Rik
Recommended music to accompany the text: Hibiscus by WYS Jim has kindly called me in the morning as promised to inform me of his arrival at around 130pm to help me with my light fitting installations. When I first met Jim in person, there was an aura of naturalness in…
Raising your children in the Western or Asian way
Here is a philosophical question. What happens if Western-born parents adopt the Asian way of raising their children? What happens if Asian born parents assume the Western way of raising their children? The Western way of raising children is to support their growth towards maturity with reasonably limited intervention. By…
An afternoon in Amsterdam
Please tune into these two pieces of music on Spotify. They represent the mood when capturing these photos and also the story behind them. Countah by Ajmw True Friends by Ajmw A machine that I have created Has come to serve me alone. For I am part of the unified human minds That invent and made this machine
The 6-year-old Ming
I remember when I was very much younger, at the tender age of 6, entering primary school for the first time, to attend my first class. The class was named 1Y and it was at the ground level of Yuk Chai Primary school. My Indonesian maid was stationed outside the…